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The San Francisco 49ers are officially into the offseason

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:10 pm    Post subject: The San Francisco 49ers are officially into the offseason Reply with quote

season that did not meet expectations. The team entered with hopes of contending for a playoff appearance Womens Alfred Morris Jersey , but stumbled to a 4-12 record after losing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a torn ACL in Week 3.Expectations will climb again in 2019, but before we get into that, itís time to take a look back at the season that was for the current roster. There will be turnover in the coming months, but letís start the offseason with a stock report on the 49ers roster. Weíll go through each position group and offer stock up or stock down for each player, and then stock up or stock down for the position group as a whole. Today we move on to the safeties.Jaquiski Tartt: Stock downTartt struggled with a shoulder injury in 2018, missing six games before landing on injured reserve for the final two weeks of the season. The 49ersí starting safety also missed seven games in 2017 after a broken forearm landed him on injured reserve after Week 9. In eight starts, Tartt totaled 42 tackles, four tackles for loss, two pass breakups and an interception in 2018. His 66.6 grade from Pro Football Focus ranked 56th among safeties. Tartt signed a two-year, $13 million extension during the offseason with the 49ers. Heís likely penciled in as a starter at either safety position.Jimmie Ward: Stock way downWard likely wonít be with the 49ers in 2019. The former first-round pick was placed on injured reserve for the fourth time in five seasons after suffering a broken forearm during the 49ersí Week 12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wardís fifth-year option guaranteed him $8.5 million last season, making him the teamís highest paid defensive player. He played a mix of cornerback and free safety with mixed results Authentic Richard Sherman Jersey , only totaling 24 tackles and one forced fumble.Ward heads toward free agency having played 51 of a possible 80 games since being drafted in 2014.Adrian Colbert: Stock way downColbert looked like a diamond in the rough at the close of 2017 and earned a started role heading into this past season. Unfortunately, Colbert regressed significantly in 2018 and was routinely victimized by blown assignments and missed tackles. He also struggled with various injuries before a Week 7 high ankle sprain landed him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Colbert registered 21 tackles and one pass breakup in six starts. His 31.7 grade from PFF ranked him 91st among safeties in 2018. Colbert should be seen as a backup as the 49ers look to upgrade at free safety this offseason.Marcell Harris: Stock way upHarris missed most of training camp and the preseason with a hamstring injury. He began the season on injured reserve and didnít take the field until Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders. The 49ersí sixth-round pick started the last five games of the season and racked up 20 tackles and four tackles for loss. Harris took advantage of an injury-riddled secondary and made a strong bid for a starting spot in 2019. Antone Exum Jr.: Stock slightly upInjuries to Colbert, Tartt and Ward forced Exum into the spotlight on the 49ersí defense. He played in 15 games this season and started seven, totaling 41 tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and an impressive seven pass breakups. Against the Los Angeles Chargers, Exum kicked off the game with a pick-six of quarterback Phillip Rivers. Exum is headed for free agency in the offseason but played well enough to earn consideration as a backup for the 49ers in 2019.Overall: Stock way downThe 49ersí safeties, considered a strength in the offseason, is now among the rosterís weakest position groups. The defense fielded eight different safety combinations throughout the season. Colbert disappointed while finishing the season on injured reserve along with Tartt and Ward. Harris showed promise late in the season and will compete for a starting role in the offseason. D.J. Reed played some safety, but his future appears to be at nickel back, for the time being.The 49ers are without a starting-caliber free safety Womens Mike McGlinchey Jersey , which is among the defenseís most critical positions. Whether through the draft or free agency, the 49ers need to upgrade at safety if the defense is expected to take a step forward in 2019.That Bears game is no gimmie Week 2 is a wrap and with Monday Night Football we got a good glimpse of two San Francisco 49ers opponents in the Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears. The Bears dominated the Seahawks for the entire game beating them 24-17. That score does not demonstrate how much the Bears controlled this game, despite their offensive miscues throughout.The Seahawks need no introduction being a division rival that has been a thorn in the 49ers side for years. They always play the 49ers hard no matter what the talent level of the team is. Except now, that talent looks deprecated. The Seahawks were dominated in the first three quarters of the game, with a 4th quarter touchdown pass making things interesting. Even with multiple interceptions of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky the Seahawks offense looked bad. Russell Wilson couldnít shake defenders like he usually could, getting sacked numerous times, and throwing a pick-six to put the game out of reach. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears won the Khalil Mack trade and may no longer be a cute team that may surprise a few people. With Vic Fangio calling a defense out of his mind and having the talent to do so, the Bears are now a team with a defense no offense wants to run into. Originally, I and others had the Bears penciled in as an easy win, not now. Especially with that 49ers offensive line. If the Seahawks Authentic K'Waun Williams Jersey , who have one of the worst offensive lines in football suffer six sacks, the 49ers offensive line could have its own issues as well. Plus, while Jimmy Garoppolo is far more mobile than heís given credit for, heís not Russell Wilson. This could lead to more hits than anyone would want him to take. The Bears offense is nothing special, but neither is the 49ers defense until proven otherwise. It sets up for what should be a rather fun game depending on how fast Garoppolo can get the ball out. And the 49ers better hope that quick release comes in handy, because the Bears are going to be blasting past that line in no time. For those of us who had the 49ers penciled in for an easy win, time to look at that decision. The Bears are much better and itís because of that pass rusher they got in exchange for not much.
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